• The Blood Trials

  • The Blood Gift Duology, Book 1
  • By: N. E. Davenport
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge
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Publisher's Summary

Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.

It’s all about blood.

The blood spilled between the Republic of Mareen and the armies of the Blood Emperor long ago. The blood gifts of Mareen’s deadliest enemies. The blood that runs through the elite War Houses of Mareen, the rulers of the Tribunal dedicated to keeping the republic alive.

The blood of the former Legatus, Verne Amari, murdered.

For his granddaughter, Ikenna, the only thing steady in her life was the man who had saved Mareen. The man who had trained her in secret, not just in martial skills, but in harnessing the blood gift that coursed through her.

Who trained her to keep that a secret.

But now there are too many secrets, and with her grandfather assassinated, Ikenna knows two things: that only someone on the Tribunal could have ordered his death, and that only a Praetorian Guard could have carried out that order.

Bent on revenge as much as discovering the truth, Ikenna pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials - a brutal initiation that only a quarter of the aspirants survive. She subjects herself to the racism directed against her half-Khanaian heritage and the misogyny of a society that cherishes progeny over prodigy, all while hiding a power that - if found out - would subject her to execution…or worse. Ikenna is willing to risk it all because she needs to find out who murdered her grandfather…and then she needs to kill them.

Mareen has been at peace for a long time....

Ikenna joining the Praetorians is about to change all that.

Magic and technology converge in the first part of this stunning debut duology, where loyalty to oneself - and one’s blood - is more important than anything.

©2022 N. E. Davenport (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Enchanting and emotionally charged

Love the audio story of this book! I feel like the voice Actor did such an impeccable job of showcasing all of ikennas emotions and really putting herself within the characters shoes. I am already chomping at the bits for book 2!

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Looking forward to book 2

I have listened to many books in this genre and haven’t been excited about a story like this for awhile. I’m thoroughly glad that I stumbled upon it. It was refreshing and relatable. The production was done well also. The second book is already preordered! Now to test my patience!

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Enjoyed every second

I got so lost in this book! I can't wait until the next part comes out! This was pure amazing!

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Excellent

This was absolutely awesome! Great listen. Action packed! Loved the blood magic. The heroine could be a bit annoying at times, but by the end I was loving her!

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AMAZING!!!

I loved every second of this book. I can't wait to the next one.

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Chunin exams meets divergent AMAZING

Full marks for both story and narration. I absolutely LOVED this story. It was a raw, brutal, high energy adventure and the plot twists continued to have me openly gaping while listening out in public. I absolutely cannot wait for the next installment.

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fantastic

this was a great read 📚 !
totally captivating! I couldn't stop listening. I can't wait for part 2.

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great book

awesome read, nonstop epic. I can't wait for the follow up. the narration was also captivating

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Can't Waite

I really enjoyed this book. It gave everything love, betrayal, action, post apocalyptic happenstance. the only problem that I found was the ending wrapped things up to fast...I guess that's a me problem. Cant wait for the next book to drop.

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Keep Going

I need the next part in this series now. I enjoyed this story which gave me futuristic fantasy vibes!

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